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now, you asked -- supervisor cohen, you asked when did this start, when did this education drop off. it started before you were born. it's been happening a long time. so, when you said -- when you said it takes a healthy community, that means working. healthy -- if you don't work, you don't eat. and, so, this is what we're trying to do in bayview hunters point. i come here with a message for you to appeal to your better wisdom and your judgment because that's what [inaudible]. >> thank you very much, sir. thank you, sir. >> thank you very much. next speaker.
i'm even too old to really address this because i'm over 10 years removed. but i can remember when tupac died and one of my cool teachers put "we love you, tupac" a picture of him in the class. and the principal told her to remove it. and that just points to the disconnect. i mean, instead of trying to get me to understand shakespeare first, who i might not like or don't care about, try to show me how writing a thesis is equivalent to writing a good song. you've got to meet the youth where they're at. and what i see from the school system, i don't even see them budging that way. and writing a song is very -- it's very similar to writing a thesis. and also i think this city --
this country should be a bilingual country. you know, the people who argue about that, it would be trivial. we should speak english. because what i notice, i remember watching a program and the youth, he was 14, he said i don't want to learn a foreign language. but he's out there in the streets. if you go to prison, hopefully not, knowing a foreign language can save your life. or if you want to do something else with your life, knowing a foreign language can help you make more money. so, i think we need to explore other angles. we need to be more career orientated because now we're in the technology age and i don't even think the school system is there. so, that solution right there, u see kids making videos all the time. so, you know, we need to explore -- you need to be open minded and i don't have enough time to really convey my point so, thank y'all. >> thank you, sir. next speaker. with gratitude for everybody that's here, it's a
beautiful day. and regarding the illusory nature of our striving, there is no national debt. it is base on deception, murder and trees on and should not be acknowledged. the european, chinese and asian communities around the world have far superior education. home schooling should be seriously considered. american students have long been taught to be subservient spectators to a system gone insane. roosevelt called america the great experiment. * eisenhower warned of the military industrial complex which is why most of our youth end up in the military or prisons. adults would now be wise to implement 20-hour workweeks with massive guarding programs based on the 14 acre south los angeles urban gardens which would provide work he for everybody forever. and if martin luther king saw the promised land, where do you
think we are? i am that i'm and i am here. i speak the truth i've got no fear. one man that's in prison is going to be executed on october 3rd in pennsylvania. his name is terry williams. you should look the case up. and, so, i here with all my heart put forth the message to law enforcement nationwide to refuse the execution of terry williams and also to make sure that dr. jessie mcdonald, regardless of how his case comes out, is not sent back to prison because our law enforcement is a very powerful tool and our sheriffs are the number one authority in the country, not the feds. and, so, it is given that the promised land will be found by the mystical magical beautiful path of a 40-day general strike. it is time for the students and the women to lead this nation with a beautiful 40-day general strike where we spend time with our families, our gardens, and put this corruption in d.c. on down from the bankers and all
these greedy corrupt people to their knees and know that california is the most powerful state and we are the ones chosen to lead the way. blessings. >> thank you, sir. (applause) >> next speaker. good afternoon, supervisors, commissioners. shaman walton, [speaker not understood]. just wanted to touch on what supervisor cohen was referring to earlier. in the summer of 2011 ycd was funding from the shipyard project provided a program for rising 10th graders that failed algebra and english during the regular school year. 74 of those students failed both classes. we got 70 them to pass both classes. 58 with a c or higher. this past year working closely with 100% college prep with funding from dcyf, we were able to duplicate the program. this summer at two school sites, wallingberg and thurgood marshall, 102 students,
providing tutorial, same exposure, providing the same job skills and life training, step ends for students with similar outcomes. we just got the grade. we're still working on that data. i did present a final supplemental report to dcyf but i didn't bring the report today. but we do have that information as well. the regular basic credit recovery program that niva was probably speaking on from coleman was actually at philip burton the same year we did the program at balboa. in fact, some of those students also participated in our program as well. i know we've heard a lot about the issues that are plaguing our community. i just wanted to talk a little about some of the solutions as we move forward. one of the main things is really exposure, exposure, exposure. students really want to know how does my learning today relate to my future success. you heard a lot from our community in terms of school to career opportunities, development projects and dollars that are coming into communities because of that.
there needs to be a possible option, a viable option where our students understand that the things around them will also provide them opportunities for goals. and, so, thank you for your time. i have more comments, but i felt i had to respond to supervisor cohen's statements earlier. so, thank you. >> thank you, sir. next speaker, please. good evening, ladies and gentlemen. my name is ace washington better known as ace on the case. but i'm here to just really extend my appreciation to my supervisor of the fifth district. i think she's done something here in the history of supervisors that caused me to go up and down the stairs three times today three committees her name is on and it happens to be about african americans. first i want to give you a hand for what you're doing here. you're doing a wonderful job. i'm not paid to say this because if you did something, i'd be telling you like i tell all the rest of the people. right now i am here to say that my name is ace and i'm the
african-american of migration czar outside of city hall. i have been there through the unfinished agenda of migration and all of it. lee knows that and everyone else in the city knows that. i'm here to proclaim that i'm the czar. and everything, all five issues, education, economic development, all those issues are something that's been passed down under, hasn't been taken care of. i'm glad to see the education part of this is coming forth because without the ebbv indication we cannot have nothing. i'm here to say and ed lee, hear me loud and clear because it starts from room 200. everything that -- all these boards, they're listening right now. mr. ed lee, this a-c-e and i'm telling you i'm on the case and we're going make sure that we implement this outmigration in my lifetime for my three kids. the thing about it, why i'm so adamant, ladies and gentlemen, i've been doing this for 20 years. but i have children that have children that have children. so, therefore, i'm here
representing three cs. it is sort of historical. yes, i'm 58 years old, but i have great grand kids and all be damned that i've been here all these 20 years and when i'm in the position to help out their generation, they can say pa-pa helped us. i want to be the pa-pa for all my african-american community because it seems like our leadership is in a coma. everybody is sleep. somebody mentioned naacp. wake them up. ace -- >> thank you, mr. washington. (applause) >> next speaker, please. and by the way i have another speaker card for sharika madison. anyone else who would like to speak that wants to come up, please come up. thank you. thank you. good evening, supervisors and commissioners. my name is [speaker not understood] madison and i am the executive director of parents of public schools in san francisco. i'm honored to serve and work on behalf of all the parents across the city in our network, but i'm also the mother of an african-american son, and i'm a former educator of some of the
brightest children that i've ever met at willie brown academy. all of our children are brilliant. we know this. and i would like to thank the elected leaders and community leaders who convened this hearing this evening. you know, i worry not only about the well-being of my former students who are now freshmen in high school, but i also worry about their parents and how well equipped they are to support their children throughout their now high school journey. as studies have documented, a key component to student success are strong school family partnership and solid parent involvement. now, as the powers that be determine whether or not a task force is ultimately convened on this very important matter, i implore that you mandate parent representation within this group and a parent education component on the overall matter. there are a wealth of parents
facing organizations in the city, magic coleman, parents for public schools and a number of others. please use us as content experts. as you continue to investigate this matter addressing academic achievement, opportunities for african americans, youth and other target groups as well. thank you. >> thank you very much. (applause) >> next speaker, please. hi, there. [speaker not understood] shackle ford. i'm with the san francisco youth commission. right now i'm speaking as myself. we haven't made a formal comment on this. we all have our own joint educational committee with the sac and youth commissioners who are interested in education and they're very interested in this issue. you'll probably hear from us at some point. but i just wanted to bring up for a second the accessibility of these programs because having more doesn't really mean figure if they're not accessible.
at my school you have to pay $60 for. so, if you want to take an internet or credit course, you're told you have to pay $60. * anything i'm sure there is a service that lets low-income youth do this without pay. i'm not sure if someone in the school district can do that. a lot of it has to be done with outreach to parents and students to tell them they don't necessarily have to pay a huge amount of money to make up their credits because public education is supposed to be free. thank you. >> thank you. actually, commissioner, did you have a question? >> mr. armentraut, can we get follow-up on that? this is the first time i've heard students had to pay to receive credit recovery course. >> we'll make sure we follow-up. next speaker, please. hello, my name is brenda barrels and i have like four grand kids that are in the public school system. and i have one of my grand sons
that started off the first four five years of school with straight as. and after that i don't know what happened in the following year in the sixth year, in the sixth grade, but everything fell apart. he doesn't want to go to school. now he's in high school. he doesn't want to go to school at all. we can't get him to go to school. so, something happened within the schools that turned this kid who loved to learn, was an honor student, and turned him into somebody who everybody walking on the street would be like the community problem. so, this is very important. i didn't even know thises what going to be here today, but i'm glad i found out about it. and to me one of the things, discrimination is a problem in the schools. and until there is a really seriously dealt with, until you admit that it's a problem and really deal with it, more and more african-american kids are going to have this problem. because many of them don't feel
wanted in the schools. they don't feel like they're put in the schools where it might be a few scattered black kids amongst a group of another race. and they're treated like they're not wanted. and they feel like they're not wanted and they behave as if they're not wanted. so, to me money is not the only problem to the solution. it's where the money is spent. and i think kid have to be much more involved in the design of their school system. (applause) >> thank you. next speaker. good afternoon. my name is carol tatum and i came to san francisco from mobile, alabama in 1955. so, i went to james dylan. i went to balboa. i went to san francisco state, and sometimes i went to city college. and i didn't too bad.
but in the '80s i worked on 3rd street and in the summer you have young people come in to work. and i had a difficult time trying to get them to do the things that i asked. and, so, i kept trying to figure out, what is wrong here? so, i decided that i would ask each child to write an essay as to why you want to be here. and what i found was that some of them would write an entire page, it would not have one punctuation mark in it. some of them could not spell, could not construct sentences. so, supervisor cohen, you ask how long. that was in the '80s. so, what we have today is children who are the children of the children from that time. so, this thing has continued.
somebody mentioned the prison pipeline today. that is very real and it is very scary. and we jail a lot of young black men in san francisco. $50,000 a year it costs to keep a person in prison, plus the cost to the family economically. transportation to visit, the commissary, the telephone, the e-mail, all of that. and, so, it is a crime. we're all guilty. we're guilty of where we have arrived with our children in this public school system. it didn't start yesterday. it has been going on -- we've been talking about this -- and i came here [speaker not understood]. now we're down to 5 to 6% and people in the public and subsidized housing -- >> thank you, ma'am. that says something about the economic health of the african americans in the citiful [speaker not understood]. >> thank you very much. next speaker. (applause)
good afternoon, my name is [speaker not understood]. i am the director of homey. we're going to speak on a different item, but i want to address the joint committee here. i just want to take this problem maybe from the other end and just say that 80% of the men that are in the cdc don't have high school diplomas. and they don't have geds. and, so, and the ones that are coming out of prison that are 18 to 24, i've got some stats here, 80% don't have, like i said, 80% don't have a ged or high school diploma. 75% are unemployed. 20% are diagnosed with mental health illness, and 80% have substance abuse problems. so, we're looking at it from one end, but i just kind of want to make everybody -- enlighten you on the other end. what happens is that 75% of the
people who commit crimes are coming out of prison, violent parole. things are happening on the other end in terms of violence prevention. so, i think in order for to us really, really shall -- this is a key for violence prevention, not just for education. if we can address this issue, this a through g trying to get young people into college, trying to get them a high school diploma, we reduce this number and we reduce the risk number for violence prevention, we could get them off the street. i want to emphasize this is a key position. keep in mind this is really important factor not just for education, but also for violence prevention. thank you very much. >> thank you, mr. alfaro. next speaker, please. (applause) hello, good afternoon. my name is [speaker not understood], [speaker not understood] for change. i want to say that since i've
been kind of involved in community, it seems like we are down here every couple years to have a hearing. and nothing gets solved. so, i'm really here to speak to the people because [speaker not understood]. we wouldn't get nothing done by coming out here. every couple years we do election for new supervisors, new education boards. i don't feel like nothing is getting done. so, it's a cry out for us and the community to get together and do some family literacy, do some family violence prevention, educational system don't have a curriculum for taking african americans no history. it's all about slavery, about columbus discovered america. he ain't discover no america. abraham lincoln didn't free the slaves because it was a good thing to do. it was decided on union. so, we need to get down to the history books. and when they teach our children the history of how we became great people, how we made these great inventions and things, the school don't teach us. and we wonder why young folks
are out there hanging on the streets and saying people keep saying it's a family generation now of schools that is just ridiculous now. everywhere in my community there is a charter school. i don't even know if it's a public school in my community any more. and the charter schools, our kids can't go to the charter schools. we've got a charter school sitting right there on old golden gate he will remitery and i'm not sure if one child in our community goes to that school. but hey, we're going to celebrate our eighth annual black family day this saturday and next year we're really going to commit to dealing with our black families. without a grant from dcyf, anybody else who will get together in this community, we'll change our whole community. i don't believe that city hall has the answer. it hasn't had the answer. we've been from newsome to willie brown now to mayor lee. i don't think city hall has the answer. (applause) >> thank you very much. next speaker. i wanted to kind of get
back up. i made a couple notes and a couple things i wanted to first and foremost echo mr. ace on the case. because i really appreciate, first and foremost, supervisor olague for entertaining the conversation around hosting the hearing. (applause) and also had conversations with supervisor cohen and supervisor campos. and, actually a lot of what you've heard just now, people said they did not believe the hearing would actually happen, that we didn't really want to shed a light on what was going on, and that this idea that san francisco does not want black people here and that all of this is a concerted effort to get people out. so, i appreciate that this was hosted and that we've been able to move forward. i also want to acknowledge commissioners fewer, mendoza and maufus. i really appreciate the work that commissionerv mendoza has done to be able to help us do some things in terms of community based organizations and being able to advocate.
i'm very happy to be able to consider commissioner fewer an ally and appreciate the comments that she made because in the words of pastor harris who just spoke, it's not going to really happen just with the school district or with the board of is ups. we have to engage the community and the parents and everyone. * sups. i think in terms of policy and making changes, we have to begin the dialogue here because you all sit in policy making body. with regard to the board of education and board of sups, i'd like to see -- hover is gone. in terms of institutional history and leveraging more, how that happened and maybe didn't happen or what was supposed to happen, really beginning to engage and have conversations around that, but beginning to drill down and actually have some movement. i think that it's important to have people who know the history but also have people who are living right now to
make decisions to leave the city because of [inaudible]. some of the other things. >> thank you. thank you. >> is there any other member of the public who has not spoken who would like to speak? seeing none, public comment is closed. colleagues, we have another also pretty substantive item that is still on the agenda. but i want to give you wang opportunity to make some wrapping remarks. obviously there's not going to be a solution for this very complicated issue, but i think it's important for us that we continue to talk about it. so, with that, supervisor olague. >> i want to make sure that, miss davis, were you able to complete your comment? did you have something? because it seemed like the clock went off -- the one thing i started to say, i know you all work really closely with dcyf and the school district. convening somebody that has in the same way that you operate, dcyf, representation from the
board of ed. as well as the school district and families and parents because you all are funding things and the people who really know whether it's working or not are not in the room when you make the decisions about how to continue funding or whether it's really effective. so, as you talk about convening more groups, or you talk about what the standards look like, i feel like, you know, the school district and teachers have all these things that they have to check off the list. they have to make sure they're meeting these outcomes. it's not the same and you're funding people to do support work for teachers and they don't even know what the teachers are supposed to be doing. i think that has to be a little bet better aligned. i mentioned hoover because he ran some numbers for me. we think about discrimination and the majority of our schools, aside from maybe some of the high schools, don't have 100 black students in them. and you're talking about really being a minority. and to ms. tatum's point about most of the folks that are african-american that live here, most of them live in public housing and there is a stigma associated with that or
living in hud housing. you know, you come into it living in a very -- a neighborhood that people think is bad or you live in a population -- a pocket where people think it's bad. and it's hard to come in and feel great about yourself, especially if the teachers are like, oh, they're from that spot over there. so, i just think there are all these factors that need to be explored more and i really do hope between the hrc and this committee we can begin to do more work to partner with the folks in the neighborhood who are most impacted. (applause) >> i'll just say some really, really quick comments because i know there is another item after this that's pretty significant. but i want to thank everyone for coming out. and i do agree with the what pastor harris said. it has to come from the bottom up. there has to be some will that come directly from the community. ultimately i think that in our school system, i think systemically there is still a lot of prejudice. i really believe there is still
a lot of racism. i'm not calling anyone a racist. that's not what i'm implying. but i think sometimes there are lesser expectations of students of color and that then, especially when i'm listening to the statement that was read from coleman advocates, or that one student really feels that, you know, when a teacher tells you, well, you have to go to city college because i just don't think you have the whatever to make it at a uc or the state college, then i think you're setting somebody up. they internalize that, then. i think you're setting somebody up for failure. so, i think that eventually, you know, if we do decide it should come out of this body whether we're going to have a task force that we want to create, you know, through the board or whatever to really have more targeted conversations about that, that would be up to you all i guess or to all of us to decide that. then it should be a body, i think, that does include students because i think we
need student input. they're the ones that are experiencing whatever it is they are directly. and again, as i mentioned earlier, i think those are sometimes things that are really hard to measure. and then finally, i think -- well, we have a lot of work to do. and i think i'm glad to see that the housing authority folks are here because i think that's something we really focus a lot of attention on out of our office. so, i'm glad to see that you will all are here even though it is just a housing body. the reality is many of the people that live -- that are african-american that do remain in san francisco live in one of these -- at one of these sites. so, i think that we need to have a healthy way of engaging people who live in these communities. and we have talked before several times with kyle and with director alvarez, the importance of making sure that there is programming on-site.
and i know that maybe the money is not there, but i think we need to find out, then, how to collaborate with some of the cbos and others around the after school stuff, around the mental health delivery services and that sort of thing. so, i think it's always important that when we engage in these conversations that we have a healthy dialogue and relationship with you all because you need to be part of this conversation as well. so, again, i'm not sure where we'll go. i think the idea of having a really concentrated conversation about this issue is not a bad one, but i do hope that when we do have that conversation that the young people that are directly affected and that face most of these challenges within the educational system are part of the conversation. so, if we have a task force we should have at least three student seats or something like that. >> thank you, supervisor olague. commissioner mendoza? >> thank you.
this is a very, this is a very great and difficult conversation to have. and i just want to thank everyone for being here because this is a dialogue that we need to continue to have. and i just have several comments that i want to make. as i'm listening to folks that have shared their perspective and view and the solutions that folks have, i want to be really clear that on the district side, that this is the main focus and priority of the work that we do, that this is the reason that i think many of the board members continue to stay and work hard, particularly around these topics. and that this isn't something that has always been viewed the same way that this board is viewing it. and i really think that there is political will and a